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The home of the world famous ‘Freakshow’ shakes, Pâtissez is a cute and cozy little café and patisserie in well-to-do Manuka that opened in early 2015, taking the internet by storm. Freakshakes notwithstanding, Pâtissez offers a delectable array of sweet stuff that will have you drooling, as well as a solid breakfast and lunch menu and decent coffee.

Patissez is owned and operated by My Kitchen Rules contestants Gina and Anna Petrides–members of a long-time hospitality family that has owned a number of places over the years–and husband and wife pâtissiers Ismael and Astrid Toorawa, who hail from Mauritius and have years of experience working in some of that country’s finer resorts. Typical of what to expect are lemon meringue tarts sprinkled with matcha–a green tea powder–and their own take on Black Forest, a combination of chocolate parfait, crème brûlée, nougatine, berry coulis gel and a dark chocolate glaze. Eclairs are filled with pistachio French cream or caramelised white chocolate & rhubarb or salted caramel & peanut butter. Gluten-free offerings are no poor relations here. Poached pears are set in a vanilla bean bavarois & almond pastry crust, lined with dark chocolate, drizzled with citrus syrup and topped with pistachios & blueberries. Served hot, expect spinach, feta and pine nut Danishes, or bacon jam scrolls. Yes, bacon jam–you heard correctly. Their bacon jam is an obsession here. A smoky-sweet reduction that works equally well on pastries and in savoury dishes. And of course, there’s those shakes. Expect a line-up for them and partake with caution, they are mighty!

2/21 The Lawns
Bougainville Street Manuka
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7 Days 7am – 4pm

Modern café



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